Writing prompts can produce some surprising prose: stream of consciousness, things previously unknown to us or felt before, anecdotes, even poetry. One such prompt in a workshop I attended turned into a flash fiction piece that eventually found a home in a literary journal. Besides, prompts are super practice: we should try to do one every day. If we can’t come up with one on our own, there are websites full of prompts. Here’s one that cropped up in a workshop for two.
The music of the river adds a sense of continuity to our stories. We are all one, but accidentally separate – thus our reaching out to connect, to feel part of one another. Green – a thousand shades of green all blending into one forest on the banks of this musical river: magical river, swollen with the rains, tumbling into the lake that binds us.
It is a geography of one-ness, and through it I feel God singing, inviting our spirits into the cosmic dance.
I have found heaven here – in this country, among these people – in this endless green that fills me up. There are other beautiful places on this blue planet, but none for me like this, none that has reached inside to pull out my small gifts – the gift of connection most of all, connection to the earth, the green, the eternal river and, finally, the fearless connection to myself.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” was the question, always full of exciting possibilities. But I knew, always, that I wanted to write my way into the one-ness, the connection to others, my own human truth.
The green is so soothing, the deep-throated river hypnotizes me under the synchronous songs of the cicadas, the howls of the monkeys. This is the color of the music that I must share.
© Sandra Shaw Homer, 2018